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01 April 2008 @ 11:58 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Unbreakable  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #153 – Blessing

Title: Unbreakable
Series/Universe: Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: None
Summary: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Charlie's the last person he expects at the office Monday.

Don't quit on me. Don't quit now...

Agents acknowledge him: a nod, a hand on a shoulder...

He's one of them now.

The evidence bag is heavy in Don's hands.

He removes the gun, ankle holster and NSA approved carry permit and hands them to his brother with a nod, a blessing of sorts.

Charlie straps the gun to his leg with practiced hands and slips the permit back into his wallet.

"Megan said you had a case?"

Charlie is not broken and now their bond is unbreakable.

ladygray99: Donladygray99 on April 2nd, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
Yes! Perfect. Things can't go back so they have to go forward. I can't explain why this just feels completely right but it does. Really, this just feel perfect!
(Anonymous) on April 2nd, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
The NSA doesn't give out gun carry permits. The NSA doesn't carry guns. They aren't a law enforcement agency.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on April 2nd, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
I never said they did. The implication is Charlie *got* a carry permit because of his work with the NSA. (In case you hadn't noticed it's a 100 word drabble. I'm not exactly going to waste 25 words of it explaining why Charlie's now authorized to have a gun on his person without Don's prior knowledge.)

And if you're going to wank on someone's private LJ have the decency to sign your name. Driveby wank is for losers. If you don't like what you see here keep moving. I don't need your peanut gallery comments.
Abbie Strehlow: Don Protectorknotted_rose on April 2nd, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Awww. Thanks so much for continuing with this series. I'm so glad that they're together more than ever.

::massive hugs::
hear me roar: Dancermagisterequitum on April 2nd, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Very nice, Emma. I agree; they cannot go back, but they can go forward. And with what they have, that bond that exists between the two of them, they will live.

I loved it. =)
fredbassettfredbassett on April 3rd, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Great series :) You really are great at packing so much into so few words.
irena_adler: Charlie confused sadirena_adler on April 4th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
A harsh induction, but yes he's now one of them ...
clwilson2006clwilson2006 on May 22nd, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
now there's a baptism by fire if ever I saw one.
rubynyerubynye on October 2nd, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, my goodness, this is one amazing series! Well and beautifully done!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 2nd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's one of my favorite drabble series ever that I've done. Up there with Two Brothers even.
Erinstarlettmalfoy on January 31st, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
So, I've decided that this is my absolute favorite drabble series in *any* fandom.

I've read it like 8 times already. *grins*

The line that strikes a chord in me every time is this:

Charlie straps the gun to his leg with practiced hands and slips the permit back into his wallet.

Two words, and you made the story even more amazing. "Practiced hands". I don't know exactly why it makes my stomach leap, but it does. The thought of Charlie doing that motion every day, just in case... and now, he finally had to use it... it's a very powerful sentiment.

<3 You are my hero, Emma. Just so's ya know. ;)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 1st, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
/♥s you back for this amazing comment/

FWIW 'practiced hands' was key to me as well - this idea that supposedly sheltered ivory tower Charlie has had a carry permit for a while and has been strapping a gun to his ankle for at least *months* every day for that just in case he thought/hoped would never come.

This is one of my favorite drabble series that I've written. It reminds me how much power there is in brevity, how the soul of a story is often what the reader experiences in their head, not the meager words on the page.

Thank you so much for this amazing comment. :-)
angel_kitsune7 on February 10th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
charlie in fbi vest. charlie in fbi training. charlie firing a gun (training). charlie getting shot at, more than once (pretty close too). and now you got charlie to shot AND kill a man. all i gotta say is..."I LOVE YOU!!!" i like it!! hugs and freshly made brownies for ya! i know it's pretty much an old fic, but hey, i dun care, as long as it's good :). you have somemore like this??
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 10th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
HEE! /gobbles brownies/

When you say 'like this' do you mean Charlie firing a gun, Charlie killing/injuring someone or Charlie being more like an agent?

Regardless I'd have to think about it. I might, but I'm almost at 500 Numb3rs fic, so I started losing track of some of the plots in the high 300s. /grins/

Glad you liked it! This is definitely one of my favorite Don and Charlie gen series.
angel_kitsune7 on February 10th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
(with another serving of brownies in hand)
i like it all. i admit i prefer softhearted!charlie, or fragile!charlie, lilbrother!charlie, but agent!charlie, strong!charlie, or something else along the line are a nice change :D thehehehe. there're a few fic with charlie as a kick-a** secret agent (i think it's more assasin!charlie :/), but the author did not finish the fic (too bad...). and me being me...i kinda stumped at how/where im gonna find a fic that suit my mood/taste, so, can you give me the link to your don and charlie gen series? pretty please....
(signal the assistant to prepare more brownies, and get some plushies)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 10th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
I've written an awful lot of Charlies in my time, but I keep thinking of Reciprocity by raucousraven. Have you read that one? It's pretty long, but it's done and a good read. It gets recced often.

As far as I can think, the gen Don and Charlie series other than this one are Only One Brother (which you've seen) and a 31 part drabble series called Two Brothers. (It won Best Drabble Series in last years awards, so one assumes that means it's good. LOL)

Past that I have a lot of Don and Charlie gen one shots and some series that have Don and Charlie gen among other things. (Like my crack series Three Red Balls is part Don and Charlie gen, but not all of it. The Hanukkah Series has like three out of four Don and Charlie gen, but one not. Each is a standalone story though, so they could be read. /shrugs/)

I publish a Journal Review on the first day of every year and the last day of every month, so that's a handy way to find links to my series and to my older fic.

If you're cool with more Don, my Winter Tales fic East of the Sun West of the Moon is gen Don and Charlie only Charlie is in it mostly at the beginning and end and the middle is mostly Don. Still very much about the brothers.

Here's some Agent Charlie fic: Agent Eppes. It's a Rewind Series, which means it's multiple fic all in one post, but still something you might like.

Am fading (getting late here) but if you can think of more specific types of fic let me know and I'll see if I can think of any by me or by anyone else.

There's also numb3rsficfind if you really want a kind of fic and can describe it. They've got quite a bit in their archives, but if no one's asked for what you want, feel free.

I wish I was off to bed, but miles to go before I sleep I need to polish Complicated 5 so I can post it tomorrow. /grins/
angel_kitsune7 on February 10th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
hello again. i guess u're asleep by now hehe.

Yeah, i've read Reciprocity (in fact, i managed to do so thru [info]numb3rsficfind, ur reply to one of the query asked there :D). and by now, i've fin reading ur Two Brothers and Agent Eppes (any plan on sequel??). tomorrow i'll continue digging your treasure chest (i named that, hope u dun mind) for more fic that'll fix my daily need :D. till then...

(quietly left, after leaving a basketful of what else...brownies)